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  2. JimmR75

    Throttle cables

    Thanks very much for the replies. I have done a throttle body balance and understand the cable issues. The factor that makes me suspect the bowden box is the heat component. Once warmed up the throttle behaves normally. Only when cold does it hang, The butterflies snap back properly when cold. This make me believe that something that was moved in the bowden box is hanging when cold and freeing up once absorbing engine heat. If nothing else I'm going to pull it out, lubricate and reassemble, and do another TB balance.
  3. pappavol

    WTB R1150RT/R1200RT

    I’m going to drive up and look at the silver 04 tomorrow. Is there anything that I should be looking for outside of the obvious. I looked at an 08 today, I know these are supposed to be better. Not this one, it had ABS issues, fuel strip was out, and the plastics on the tank almost looked warped. I wasn’t impressed with it.
  4. Ducati’s Monster motorcycle jump-started the naked bike segment (and the Italian company’s balance sheet) when introduced in 1993. Fast-forward 27 years and the 2020 Monster 1200 S ($17,695) is the tip of the spear in Ducati’s sport naked bike lineup. Last updated in 2017, today’s Monster is slimmer and more in line with the original Miguel Galluzzi-drafted design, pairing clean, muscular lines with modern Italian tech. For 2020 Ducati's Monster 1200 S wears special gloss black on matte black livery. (Ducati Motor Holding/)The Monster 1200 is powered by Ducati’s legendary 1,198cc Testastretta 11 degree DS L-twin. Born from superbike competition, this liquid-cooled eight-valve torque monster has been steadily refined over the last decade. Dual-spark ignition and valve overlap techniques boost torque delivery while elevating fuel efficiency and overall engine smoothness. Full of plastic and peculiar-looking plumbing, the Monster 1200 appears cluttered when viewed from the left side. (Ducati Motor Holding/)Maintenance intervals have been stretched too, with suggested oil service every 8,000 miles (following the 600-mile break-in service). Recommended valve adjustment is listed at 19,000 miles. Conversely, the right side of the motorcycle is more tidy. We appreciate the Monster 1200 R-sourced tail and exhaust. (Ducati Motor Holding/)How Does The Monster 1200 S Perform On A Commute? The Monster 1200 S get 10 mm-larger-diameter brake disks (versus the standard Monster 1200) pinched by heavy-duty M50 calipers from Brembo. Cornering ABS functionally helps mitigate skids during braking, even at lean. (Ducati Motor Holding/)Ducati’s contemporary electronics suite allows the rider to tune the powerband from mild to wild. Of the three combined engine/throttle maps, we prefered the “high” power setting, though throttle response remains overly sensitive—especially during more dedicated throttle application (i.e., wheelies). Adjustable wheelie and traction control help less experienced riders remain in control, however we preferred riding with these countermeasures disabled. The Monster 1200 S get 10 mm-larger-diameter brake disks (versus the standard Monster 1200) pinched by heavy-duty M50 calipers from Brembo. Cornering ABS functionally helps mitigate skids during braking, even at lean. (Ducati Motor Holding/)Although the exhaust note sounds tinny at idle, with speed it delivers a rhythmic thump—that makes riding motorcycles pleasurable. Ample torque, in excess of 60 pound-feet above 2,700 revs equate to a fun sporting character that is classic Ducati. If you enjoy riding high on waves of Pirelli tire smearing torque, then this powerband will suit you well. Taller folks will appreciate the added room between the handlebar and the seat. (Ducati Motor Holding/)Yet, this twin is just as ready to play at higher rpm belting out just over 129 hp at 9,250 rpm. A color TFT display keeps tabs on the engine’s vitals and is loaded with trip information. However, it could be larger in size. The handlebar-mounted switch gear and menu system could be slicker and we wonder why Ducati doesn’t opt for a touchscreen like some of its competitors? The Monster 1200 S adds Y-spoke alloy wheels versus the standard model's 10-spoke rims. (Ducati Motor Holding/)Handling-wise, the S model’s premium Öhlins suspension strikes optimum balance between sport road holding and around-town comfort on rough stretches of pavement—a pleasant surprise based on past experiences with older Monster 1200 iterations. Both suspension components offer full suspension adjustment and we value the twist-knob-style compression and rebound adjusters on the gold shock body. Monster fans will appreciate the return of the ski-buckle-style latch at the forward portion of the 4.4-gallon fuel tank. (Ducati Motor Holding/)More nimble than we remember, the 2020 version is more apt to play yet retains steadfast stability. The cockpit, below the waist, remains tight for taller than average riders, however the seat height can be raised or lowered, in nearly an inch increment. Conversely the space between the seat and handlebar is more spread out—a boon for taller riders. Bold LED lighting helps riders stand out and the headlamp illuminates the road superbly during night rides. The 2020 Monster 1200 S borrows the outgoing Monster 1200 R's svelte tailsection. (Ducati Motor Holding/)The contrast between gloss and matte black finishes adds a degree of class to the 1200, not to mention a visual slimming effect. The sleeker 1200 R-sourced tail and Y-spoke alloy wheels are other nice styling touches. Keen eyes will note the signature Monster ski buckle allowing the 4.4-gallon fuel tank to be lifted for service needs. 2020 Ducati Monster 1200 S Commute Review Verdict Leaner and certainly meaner, the 2020 Monster 1200 S is more adept at putting smiles on naked bike riders’ faces than it has been since fully moving to a water-cooled platform. Yes, it’s fast, yes it’s fun, but the hefty MSRP makes it less palatable when measured against the excitement it delivers behind the handlebar. Gear Box Helmet: Shoei RF-SR Jacket: Alpinestars Oscar Charlie Gloves: Alpinestars Winter Surfer Gore-Tex Pant: Alpinestars Copper 2 Denim Boots: Alpinestars Oscar Monty 2020 Ducati Monster 1200 S Price And Technical Specifications PRICE $17,595 ENGINE 1,198cc liquid-cooled desmodromic L-twin; 8-valve BORE x STROKE 106.0 x 67.9mm COMPRESSION RATIO 13.0:1 FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection, 56mm oval throttle bodies CLUTCH Wet multiplate slipper clutch; hydraulic actuation TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain FRAME Steel-trellis FRONT SUSPENSION 48mm Öhlins inverted fork, three-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 5.1-in. travel REAR SUSPENSION Öhlins gas-charged shock, three-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 5.9-in. travel FRONT BRAKES Radial-mount Brembo Monoblock 4-piston calipers, 330mm discs w/ Bosch cornering ABS REAR BRAKE 220mm disc w/ single-piston caliper WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Die-cast aluminum; 17 x 3.5-in. 17 / 6.0-in. TIRES, FRONT/REAR Pirelli Diablo Rosso III; 120/70-17 / 190/55-17 RAKE/TRAIL 23.3°/3.4 in. WHEELBASE 58.5 in. SEAT HEIGHT 31.3–32.3 in. FUEL CAPACITY 4.4 gal. CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 465 lb. WARRANTY 2-year, unlimited miles AVAILABLE January 2020 View the full article
  5. realshelby

    I'm pro 2A, but these folks,......

    And if you want to be honest about it, the pistols I most cherish are 1911's. Intended for military use. Which brings back the point of assault weapons designed for MASS killing. How often are AK 47's actually aimed? They are sprayed more than sighted. Part of the design. There is likely to come a day when concessions are going to be made and laws passed about these guns. While I cringe at gun laws, I am also not going to say I cannot see it coming. We, as average citizens, cannot own automatic firearms. I don't want one. I think we would be just fine if assault weapons were no longer for sale to the public. I do understand that might open the flood gates for gun control, and I don't want that. I don't know what the answer is. But I do know the public at large won't put up with these assault weapons being used for mass killings in the US without some changes concerning them.
  6. Ken S

    Portland Oregon Storage

    I don't know anything specific in the Portland area. But I once stored a bike in a storage facility, and connected it to a solar-powered charger out in the sun. It was in an inconspicuous location and was there when I returned. Probably not something to count on normally.
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  8. Living the Dream

    I'm pro 2A, but these folks,......

    Any tool that gets the job done is the correct tool. Haven't you ever heard that anything hard can be a hammer. Using "designed for human hunting during war", the M9 Beretta falls into that category, the M1 Garand falls into that category (can be modified for extended magazines), and I'm sure there are other semi-automatic weapons that were designed specifically for military purposes, but we're going to narrow it down to an AR type simply because of appearances.......methinks not. You can get a 30+ round magazine for the M9, bumpfire it to "automatic like" and have a very small "machine gun". And in all actuality, the Armalite design was from the "late" 50's, as far as my history is concerned, we weren't fighting anyone in the late 50's.
  9. Indy Dave

    Cedar Key XVI January 24-26, 2020

    Tim, Shawn and I had hoped to return again this year, but we could not work around the conflicts. We'll miss you and your hospitality, the crew and the wonderful sunsets. We really enjoyed the laid-back vibe and company of cedar key. What I neat find! Thanks again for hosting this, hope to see you soon.
  10. bimmer2

    Cedar Key XVI January 24-26, 2020

    2 more are IN......after burning copious amounts of my firewood stash and itching to ride, today the decision to head south was made. Room secured at Faraway Inn, so I and Rockosmith (Dave) will see you all friday. We'll head home early-thirty Sunday (420 & 470 miles) jb
  11. Paul De

    I'm pro 2A, but these folks,......

    Yup and yet they were designed for human hunting during war. IMOHO it is the wrong tool for the job. Sport hunters did just fine before they were sold to the public. And just like our BMW motorcycles, while they are functional, they are still butt ugly. Especially the ones I don't own
  12. Living the Dream

    I'm pro 2A, but these folks,......

    ANY semi-automatic can be "bump fired", the stock just made it "sorta" easier. The ban on bump stocks is a joke because I can grab any piece of wood that fits the trigger guard and be just as inaccurate a shot with the bumpstock. A fully automatic weapon, fired from the shoulder, IS NOT an accurate weapon, not even very suppressive as the rounds "climb". Your first few shots will hit so long as you aimed low, hence why fully auto's are generally bipod or more effectively tripod mounted. Here's a fine example of bumpfiring a pistol Bumpfiring rifles with just your fingers. Animals killed with AR-15
  13. I picked up a used Fifth Wheel about a month ago and have been camping in it ever since, it has a smoke alarm of course. I went to test it and nothing happened which I kind of expected so I took it down and looked at the battery, still wrapped in the plastic it came in when the alarm was installed at the factory! Almost 20 years... I test it most Friday evenings when I make pizza in the RV oven.
  14. basilr

    LCD failure 2006 R1200RT

    I'd probably just mount my Garmin 660 in front of the display. I've then got speed, distance travelled, time of day, distance to gas-up, etc. Obviously not a fix, but better than an unrecoverable repair bill (unless you're really handy, which I'm not).
  15. Still CAL

    Throttle cables

    I bought the same model RT last summer and when I went to get new throttle and fast idle cables I ran into what seems to be a mid-year changeover issue. Euromotoelectrics.com (EME) did not have the correct part # 30 on the fiche for this bike, but Bikebandit.com does. It's the main accelerator cable from the throttle to the Bowden box, part #32737659691
  16. Pappy35

    LCD failure 2006 R1200RT

    This post needs to be pinned. Absolutely excellent finding!
  17. Rasta Rider

    BMW Navigator GPS Install Question

    I want to add a BMW Navigator GPS (#72607685838) to my 2004 R1150RT. The GPS wiring harness has a 3-pin connector (see below). Does the connector plug into the bike’s wiring harness? If not, does BMW make an adapter to connect power to the GPS? If there's no connector on my wiring harness, then I'd like to hard wire the GPS base to 12V power. Anyone know which pin is positive or negative. Also, what's the purpose of the 3rd pin?
  18. In our residence I've never replaced a unit (12 years old)...I change the batteries once a year at daylight savings time. We have 13 so it takes a while. They are electrical and battery. In the beach house they don't last long at all. Corrosion from salt air plays heck with them. About every two years or so a couple of them start chirping and you can't stop them.
  19. My wife tests ours every time she pan sears tuna for dinner on our new to us gas stove.
  20. eddd

    SOLD - FS: 2004 R1150RT, Low Miles

    Items have been sold
  21. AnotherLee

    Youtube videos worth watching

    Lock Picking Lawyer finds a motorcycle lock he actually recommends! (Yes, he is a lawyer and yes, he is very good at picking locks.) This lock available on Amazon for $129.
  22. Paul De

    I'm pro 2A, but these folks,......

    You have a point. My frame of perspective is not from a rancher and wild bore are very rare here. So, I do notice it is bolt action and not a semiautomatic that can be made full automatic with a bump stock. +1 for it becoming a sporting rifle. I will say that some of those wild bore get to be huge and I might rather fix the problem with a .348 Winchester (buffalo gun)
  23. TEWKS

    Top boxes for 07 r1200rt

    99.9% sure all, even the current BMW topcases will fit your 07.
  24. realshelby

    I'm pro 2A, but these folks,......

    Muzzle brakes are used to lessen recoil. Which leads to getting back on target quicker. Can make a nice display of fireball, depending on the ammunition used. They are also deafening to those unfortunate enough to have a shooting booth beside those using them! They also direct a decent amount of the shockwave at those beside them. Especially irritating in indoor ranges. I have a childish thing I like to do when I am about done at the range. Out comes the Ruger Super Blackhawk. Loaded with Buffalo Bore ammunition: Heavy .44 Magnum +P+ Ammo 340 gr. Hard Cast, L.F.N. - G.C. @ 1,425 fps/M.E. 1,533 ft lbs This is not your standard ammo. The fireball is epic. So is the report. I have seen other booths quit shooting when it goes off! My payback for having to listen to muzzle brakes.
  25. Living the Dream

    I'm pro 2A, but these folks,......

    Nope, that flash is fairly bright,....also, magazine loads of tracers vary from every two-three rounds to a few at the bottom, to full mags of tracers for target marking of crew served weapons. Machine guns have them automatically in the cans/drums every fifth round, you have to manually/physically strip the tracers out replacing them with ball rounds if you are on certain ops.
  26. Living the Dream

    I'm pro 2A, but these folks,......

    Here's a 5.56/.223 caliber weapon It's not "assault" style, it's "hunting" style, so there must be a use for it. Ruger Ranch if there's no use for that particular caliber, why is it offered in a hunting style,......remember, I don't hunt. Could it be for nuisance pigs, wolves, coyotes?
  27. Bernie

    New to me 2015 R1200R

    Well, sounds like you should do two. We have one event in spring, START and one in the fall, FART.
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